Greek Life speaker to encourage Highlanders to step up

Mike Dilbeck

Speaker Mike Dilbeck encourages young adults to actively make a difference.

Radford University’s Office of Greek Life is joining the national conversation on hazing during National Hazing Prevention Week from Sept. 22 through Sept. 28.

As part of the dialogue on issues like hazing and abuse, nationally-recognized speaker Mike Dilbeck will discuss bystander intervention and everyday heroism in Bondurant Auditorium on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.

Dilbeck is the founder and president of the RESPONSE ABILITY (RA) Project. He travels across the country empowering young adults to take action and avoid bystander behavior. When he is not traveling, he works on expanding the RA Project and the Every|Day Hero Campaign, writing articles and blog posting, appearing in the media, and conducting trainings and workshops.

Dilbeck has posted a special message to the Radford community inviting them to join his presentation here.

National Hazing Prevention Week is an annual opportunity for campuses, organizations and individuals to bring attention to the problem of hazing. NHPW is officially designated as the last full week of September and its goal is to encourage students around the country to think about hazing prevention. Organizers believe that through strong educational efforts, diligent policy reinforcement, and comprehensive and ongoing community efforts, hazing will be eliminated on college campuses.

Radford’s observation of NHPW coincides with the Division of Student Affairs Diversity & Inclusion Week. Dilbeck’s presentation is just one of many events planned to celebrate the spirit of community at RU.

To learn more about hazing prevention, contact the Office of Greek Life at or (540) 831-5934.

Radford University is a comprehensive public university of more than 9,900 students. RU serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service, and research programs. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful 191-acre American classical campus, Radford University offers students many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom. The university offers 69 degree programs at the undergraduate level, and 21 master's programs and three doctoral programs at the graduate level. A Division I member of the NCAA and Big South Athletic Conference, Radford participates in 19 varsity sports—11 for women and eight for men. Since 2005, the university has secured approval and funding for nearly $300 million in capital projects, including both new construction and renovation.

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Sep 17, 2013
Dan Waidelich
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